my new dawn

 

whence comes these forms
from distant dell

all holding lights
no night could quell

yea golden sparkles
sprayed their rods

be they faeries,
angels, gods ?

and lo these spectral
shapes drew near

their noble bearing
shewn more clear

and then some
faces i beheld

of such pure
beauty

all heavens
meld

 

 

p2

 

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truly there’s no mystery

to what we ought to be

 

for beings of nature

are we

 

and in nature

we are free

 

but somehow some have

believed a lie

 

that steel and glass

should touch the sky

 

and that people will feel

less than dark

 

if every 5 miles

they have

a park

 

 

s121

 

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if one keeps knowing

and growing with age

 

then one sees more

and more

the invisible cage

 

and just when one thinks

they’ve escaped 

from that cell

 

yet another cage

decloaks as well

 

and life becomes

a game of escape

until the 

invisible cage

 

no longer

takes shape

 

 

birdie

 

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2 the safe harbor

our boats will sail 2

2 the safe harbor

where waters shine blue

 

2 the new homeland

our boats will arrive

2 the new homeland

where all peoples thrive

 

2 the safe harbor

whose shores we will trod

and never look back

nor forget we are gods

 

 

safe harbor 11

 

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no need for poetry
no need for words
no need for music’s
message not heard

no need for reasoning
no need for light
no need for people
to see what is right

no need for freedoms
no need for love
no need for truths
no longer thought of

no need to live
no need at all
no need for anything
‘cept beer and football

 

vulcan

 

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as a child i knew

a perfect house

thru & thru

nestled in the mountain

woods ~

almost 2 good

2 be true

 

my step dad’s uncle

and aunt

resided there in grace ~

centered in a forest clearing,

their sacred union space

 

to visit that house

was a perfect happy joy ~

an otherworldly happiness

like angels must enjoy

 

i drank from a pure wellspring

right outside their home ~

i had endless trees and landscape

in which to freely roam

 

but the house itself ~

pure love !

it wrapped you in 

its arms

 

an ever-loving entity

where heart and home

are ONE

 

 

p4

 

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[since i may never be interviewed as a composer, i decided to make sure i had at least one such interview so i interviewed myself]

ME: hello

VALLA: hello

ME: Valla, I’m sure many people out there would like to know a bit more about your own feelings and thoughts regarding your own music, and music in general.

VALLA: Yes, i’m sure all two of them would be very interested.  [BOTH START LAUGHING]

ME:  So, Valla, let me first ask you: What inspires you to compose music?

VALLA:  My long hair.  [BOTH LAUGH AGAIN]

ME:  Come again?

VALLA:  Yes, my long hair.  You see, it is something of an ancient secret that i think our modern society has unfortunately forgotten.  But if you have very long hair, it’s like having a bunch of very strong energy receptors to the universe, so to speak.  So if you think of music as something that’s just out there, floating around, waiting to be discovered, then what i believe happens is that having long hair is a way to draw that music into you.  The more hair you have, the more magnetic ‘pull’ one has to attract the sounds from the ether.

ME:  I think that may be the most unique response to that question that i’ve ever received.

VALLA: I would hope so.  [AGAIN, MORE LAUGHTER]

ME:  Now Valla, about your music…

VALLA:  Yes, what about my music?

ME:  It has a very small following, but would it be fair to say that you don’t seem to mind – if you don’t mind my saying so?

VALLA:  No, i don’t mind at all.  You see, I compose what I like.  If one person likes it, or a million people like it, it doesn’t much matter.   As long as i like it.

ME:  So you don’t think an artist should necessarily be concerned about what others may think?

VALLA:  Well, that’s the BIG QUESTION, isn’t it?  To be quite serious, I think the major enemy of creativity and art is the world outside the artist’s own internal universe.  The world that says that it gets to decide what is relevant.   The world that says that unless someone deemed an expert validates what you’re doing then it has no value.  The world that says beauty and simplicity have no place in today’s society.  The world that says art should be a slave and serve a commercial or business purpose.   All these things have nothing to do with the soul of the artist and yet these worldly considerations all try to impose themselves as if they have some right to do so.   But I emphatically say they have no right at all.

ME:  They pollute the purity of the artistic process?

VALLA:  Yes.  And not only that.   They can lead the artist down a wrong path.  A path that is not about fulfilling the unique purpose and vision that each artist has to share.   I mean, for instance, what good is being a great composer if all you are doing is writing film scores, or TV scores?   I can’t imagine how tragic it would be if films existed during Beethoven’s time and he never had the time to write his 9 symphonies because he decided spending most of his time writing for films would make life so much easier for himself financially.   I’d rather have the 9 symphonies.

ME:  Good point.  I never heard it put that way.

VALLA:  True.  Me neither.  [LAUGHTER]

ME:  Do you think Beethoven could have been a great film composer if he were alive in our times?

VALLA:  Of course.  He would be GREAT.  And that brings up another important point.  A great composer is able to compose any kind of music.  Ask a composer to write a love song, a dance, a ballet, a commercial, a patriotic march, a super hero movie score, whatever…and they can do it.  But does that mean THEY SHOULD DO IT?  What about what their own soul and spirit wants?

ME:  Indeed.

VALLA:  And that’s what I do.   Whatever my spirit – and long hair – wants.  I like to compose short little musical poems, as I like to think of them.  Simple musical statements around 2 minutes in length.   That’s my thing.  Who’s to judge what I SHOULD DO as an artist?  I get to judge.  No one else.

ME:  So now about the style of your music…

VALLA:  Yes.

ME:  How would you classify your own style or musical voice?

VALLA:  Usually what would be called old-fashioned and romantic.  But it still has my own imprint.  So as far as a unique voice, i would say that it is a voice that expresses simplicity, beauty and directness – even if I am wanting to sound like someone else in a particular piece of music.  And if I want to sound like someone else, then I want to have that freedom.  And FREEDOM is the key.  Without that, then one is no longer doing art.  One turns away from being an organic vessel of creative energy into some kind of mental machine.

ME:  So you think the creative process should not be guided by an intellectual process of critical self-evaluation?

VALLA:  There is NO NEED for the intellect to be involved at all!

ME:  How do you mean?  Weren’t great composers like Bach and Beethoven also very great minds whose intellects guided the form and structure of their compositions?

VALLA:  The answer to this question might be the most important thing I can say about music, and about great art in general. That is, what the composer or true artist does is really NOTHING AT ALL.  That’s the secret.

ME:  NOTHING !?!

VALLA:  No, nothing.  A great artist is great because they know HOW TO DO NOTHING – in other words, how to get out of the way of the creative force within and let that force do ALL THE WORK for them.  The big secret is that the creative force TAKES CARE OF ALL THE ORGANIZATION.  It tells that artist what the structure will be.  When to go this way and not that way.  When to be slow and when to be fast.  In the case of a composer, when to use the ninth chord here but only a basic triad there.  In fact, it’s amazing to me how anyone thinks great composers managed to compose more than a few things in their whole lifetimes if one actually believes they mentally worked through every minor detail.  Details that music teachers love to break down and analyze to death for their students.   And in teaching music this way, they impress upon the student just how smart they are as a teacher, while also subconsciously giving the poor student the fearful message that they must possess some kind of super analytical computer-like brain just to compose a few bars of music that could ever be called good.

ME:  That’s quite a statement.

VALLA:  Since you are me, I knew you would think so.

ME:  I would love to ask many more questions, but if you don’t mind me saying, you look very tired.  Should we wrap up?

VALLA:  Actually I am wanting to stop.  And yes, you’re right.  I am tired.

ME:  Well then, i thank me for my time.

VALLA:  Thank me.

 

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